Australia's first nano-biosensing facility was created at RMIT after a grant of $500,000 was given to RMIT by the Ian Potter Foundation. The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grant has helped to create a new $1.2m research facility.
Co-funded by RMIT, the facility will support the development of cheap, ultra-precise and easy-to-use nano-devices for the diagnosis and detection of health hazards.
The new facility will lead research projects on nano-devices that can cut the diagnosis time of meningococcal from hours to minutes, as well as producing inexpensive nano-tools for diagnosing malaria in developing countries, that can give almost instant results and requires no medical training to use.
The Ian Potter NanoBiosensing Facility will bring together bio-containment infrastructure and nano-biosensensing laboratories for the first time, allowing researchers to work with pathogens and microorganisms within a nanotechnology precinct.
According to the director of the new facility, Associate Professor Vipul Bansal, “The point-of-care nano-devices we’re developing are not only inexpensive and simple to use, but also extremely sensitive, so they give an accurate diagnosis almost instantly.”
“Importantly, it will also help us advance our research through the establishment of international collaborations that can maximise the global impact of these life-saving, leading-edge technologies.”
The facility is destined to become a NanoBioSensing Hub in Australia.
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